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Language Log « An Autobiography About Someone Else? | Main | Linguists and prime numbers » August 11, 2004 KOKO'S TRIP TO THE DENTIST According to an AP item in today's (August 10th) Prince George Citizen (p.2), Koko the gorilla recently had a tooth extracted after she alerted her handlers to her problem by making the American Sign Language sign for pain and pointing to her mouth. Her handlers quickly constructed a pain chart, offering Koko a scale from one to 10. When Koko started pointing to nine or 10 too often, a dental appointment was made. Actually, they decided to give her a general exam while they were at it, so in addition to three dentists, they brought in an otolaryngologist, a gastroenterologist, a cardiologist, a gynecologist, two veterinarians, and three anaesthesiologists. Poor Koko didn't realize what she was getting herself into. And I wonder why they waited until she indicated that she was in extreme pain before bringing in the dentist. That doesn't seem very nice. Maybe Koko has a history of exagerating, or doesn't have a
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